slum·​gul·​lion | \ ˈsləm-ˌgəl-yən How to pronounce slumgullion (audio) , ˌsləm-ˈgəl-\

Definition of slumgullion

: a meat stew

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Slumgullion may not sound like the most appetizing name for a dish, but that’s part of its charm. The word’s etymology doesn’t do it any favors: "slumgullion" is believed to be derived from "slum," an old word for "slime," and "gullion," an English dialectical term for "mud" or "cesspool." Most of the earliest recorded usages of "slumgullion," such as in Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872), refer not to a stew but a beverage. The sense referring to the stew debuted about two decades later, and while there is no consensus on exactly what kinds of ingredients are found in it, that’s the "slumgullion" that lives on today.

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Remarkably, the slumgullion that Morton thickened through 3 2/3 innings included just one hit. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros pick up messy win over Rangers, clinch series," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of slumgullion

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slumgullion

perhaps from slum slime + English dialect gullion mud, cesspool

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